Another batch of Plainview youngsters is heading back to school this week -- and they all want the newest, coolest gadgets stuffed in their brand-new backpacks.
Moms and dads were back-to-school shopping in earnest at two Plainview-area CVS stores, as kids readied to return to Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Howard B. Mattlin Middle School, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and many of the town’s elementary schools.
At any given moment, close to one out of every 10 drivers on the streets of Plainview is texting, talking or otherwise engaged with a handheld cellphone. This widespread disregard for the law as well as the safety of our children and neighbors is the startling finding of a study conducted by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Herald. Earlier this month, our reporters observed 300 cars on Gerhard Road at various times of day, and found 32 of the drivers blantantly brandishing their phones.
And Plainview is not alone. Identical studies conducted by our reporters in other Nassau County communities showed up to 13 percent of drivers with phone in hand (Great Neck), but no fewer than 9.7 percent in Jericho and Port Washington.
The emotional healing power of a good dog is no secret. From getting their human owner out of the house for a healthy walk to filling an otherwise boring Saturday afternoon with a fetch or a tug-of-war, canines are nature’s furry antidepressant. But one organization takes that theory to the next level, training dogs to produce more than just cuteness induced squealing from their owners. Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization with bases across the country, provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and veterans for free.
And recently close to a dozen special needs individuals each received a new breed of adroit doggies from the organization’s northeast location in Medford. Canine Companions for Independence marked the occasion with a ceremony at the Islandia Marriott, as the pooches graduated from training school to real work.
The people of Oyster Bay have spoken, or at least 12 percent of them have, and by a margin of more than two to one they elected to sell 54 acres of Town-owned property in Syosset-Jericho for $32.5 million.
They voted to sell to a consortium of developers led by Simon Property Group, without open bidding that might fetch a higher price. In doing so, they shut out rival developer Taubman Centers Inc., which owns the neighboring 39-acre site and has been lobbying (and suing) for nearly 20 years for permission to build a megamall there.
They voted after weeks of intense — sometimes nasty — campaigning that included aggressive community outreach, blizzard-force marketing and attorneys taking depositions. The two sides traded accusations of deceit, misinformation, and venality, some more grounded in fact than others.
A group of advocates gathered on the steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court last week to urge state officials to the raise the age a youngster can be tried as an adult. The Raise The Age Campaign, an advocacy group calling on the state to change the age, has garnered support from local officials to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action.
According to the Raise The Age Campaign, referencing a report by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, some 50,000 16-and 17-year-olds are arrested and tried as adults in criminal court each year — the vast majority are minor crimes (74.4 percent are misdemeanors.) Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice supports “the concept broadly” according to a spokesperson, as long as it follows the legislative process. She spoke Tuesday on how the laws affects on young, developing youth.
The recent decision by North Shore-LIJ Plainview Hospital to file plans with the state to discontinue maternity services in November has drawn both support and opposition.
According to North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam, the hospital has seen a 30 percent drop in deliveries over the past three years and Census data showing the region-wide decline in births will continue.
Ruth Boris, a resident of Somerset Gardens Senior Living in Plainview since 2009, celebrated her 100th birthday at the residence on Thursday, August 8.
Boris is originally from Brooklyn and worked in her parents’ bakery there until she started her family. She had two children and later moved to Queens.
She says that she is also blessed with five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Boris celebrated her birthday at Somerset Gardens with friends, family and, of course, cake.
Last Monday, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education held its first meeting since NY State Education Commissioner John B. King released the results of the April 2013 math and English assessments. The board demanded that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) release more information on the test scores.
As the district prepares to begin the 2013-14 school year, the school board’s general consensus is not enough data is being made available to help students learn from their mistakes on the assessments, and prepare for future tests.
Last month, 1-800-Flowers.com employees warmed the hearts of the residents of the Somerset Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Plainview.
As part of their community outreach initiative and Summer of a Million Smiles campaign, a Smile Team spent the afternoon with the residents of the facility. Upon arrival, the team set up a table for 1-800-Flowers.com’s expert floral designer, Phil DeVito, to create truly original arrangements. Phil showed the residents how to design a Happy Hour Bouquet, a Smile Bouquet, an a-DOG-able arrangement and a bouquet in a personalized Summer Smile Vase. The rest of the team handed out carnations to the residents and four lucky winners got to keep an arrangement. To wrap up the day the Smile Team played trivia games with the group.
Jack, five years old; Aedan, 22 months old; Jacob, 15 months old; and Colton, two years old recently helped people 20 times their age by assisting in passing a law. All were born with a congenital heart defect, and since April, they and their parents have met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and were interviewed in the media about their efforts to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law.
Jack, Aedan, Jacob and Colton now don their red “American Heart Association Superhero” capes and celebrate the fact that Gov. Cuomo signed the Pulse Ox bill into law.
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